Minnesota is fortunate to have a new facility for NRA/ISU 300-meter shooting
at the Minneapolis Rifle Club located near the Twin Cities. We have the
Suiss-Ascor electronic target system on twelve of twenty points.
300-meter competition is all slowfire and all at 300-meters and is generally
comprised of three positions - prone, standing and kneeling. 300 M shooting
is very popular in Europe and with the Army Marksmanship Unit at fort Benning
Georgia. For those who compete in smallbore, 300M shooting is a natural
transition. The support equipment (slings, boots, coats, mats etc.) is the
same as used in smallbore, however, the rifle used is an NRA/ISU free-rifle. The
free-rifle is, as you would suspect from the name, a less restrictive class
of rifle than the NRA highpower rifle. The NRA Highpower rifle is a legal
free-rifle but NRA/ISU rules also allow the use of hooks, palm rests, a
maximum caliber of 8MM and iron sights-corrective lenses are allowed as in
Highpower shooting. NRA Palma, NRA Highpower, NRA Service Rifles are legal
rifles for 300 Meter shooting.
Minneapolis Rifle Club 300M rules allow NRA Highpower equipment such as
coats, slings, boots and mats in 300M matches to promote the sport and open
it to Highpower shooters. Hunting bullets and composite tipped bullets such
as the Hornady A-Max and the Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets are not allowed, also,
no magnum calibers are allowed as
they damage the electronic targets. Minnesota matches are generally half
course matches this means they consist of 60 record shots: 20 prone/ 20
standing/ 20 kneeling with unlimited sighting shots in each stage.
Competitors are allowed 30 minutes per stage so when the matches start at
10:00 a.m. they are usually completed by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m., and no pit duty
is required! A full course match consists of 120 record shots 40 prone/ 40
standing/ 40 kneeling.
The 300-meter metric target is very challenging and shooting it will
dramatically improve Highpower scores for those who are serious. Highpower
shooters who generally fire in the low to mid 190's at 200 yards standing
will likely score in the 150's to 160's on the 300 meter targets. In prone, a
clean 200 is very rare on a 300-meter target and you will find the 1.5 inch
x-ring a challenge. The wind is very much a factor in prone shooting and
300 meter shooting is an excellent way to improve long-range skills as well.
The kneeling position may be new to Highpower shooters but with some effort
it too can be mastered. Occasionally we all need a new challenge and
300-meter shooting may be just that for you, give it a try.
Equipment used in an International match at Minneapolis Rifle Club is identical for that used in a regular High Power rifle